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Arran
« Perfect! Richard is a very rare find! His teaching goes above and beyond any other voice coach. He is super friendly and I quickly realised that he has endless knowledge and experience in the world of professional voiceovers and vocal training techniques. His training is bespoke and tailored to your exact needs. Within a few hours, my voice was transformed and Richard has now given me the ability and confidence to read anything in a rich, buttery smooth voice. I would happily recommend him in a heartbeat to anyone looking to improve their voice. »
£70/h
1st lesson free!
Profile and degree verified
Response Time 1h
Lessons offered by Richard
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Personal coaching
  • Personal development
  • Public Speaking
  • Elocution
Levels
  • All Levels

Voice, Speech, Public Speaking and Accent Reduction Coach - 10 Years of Audiobook Narration & Voice Acting Experience - Richard Di Britannia

Methodology

Have you ever wished people would say "you've got a nice voice" or wanted to get into voiceover?

Well, all voices work on air so to get a nice voice, you just need to know how use yours a little better.

My method of helping people get a great voice is bit different. Most voice coaches work on turning vibrant, natural accents into an old hierarchical relic of the past called 'received pronunciation'. This usually involves having their students repeating boring tongue twisters - leaving them spending their days worried about slipping back into their native tongue when they get tired or too excited.

Is all that stress really necessary?

I don't think so.

Listen to any advertisement on the TV and you'll hear a myriad of accents. I don't believe you need trade your own rich, warm and musical dialect for an anachronism of the past. That's why I'm a different kind of voice coach - and it's probably why I've helped so many people, because sometimes the traditional ways are only accepted because no-one tried anything different.

I do things a little differently - and my method allows you to speak well, whilst still keeping what makes your voice unique!

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Ask yourself:

• Is your voice sabotaging your first impression due to a slurred accent, by being weak, croaky or nasal?

• Are you terrified of public speaking?

• Are people asking you to slow down or speak up when you talk?

• Do you find your voice hurts after a short speech or are your opinions being ignored when speaking in groups?

• Are you learning English and struggling to make certain sounds?

All of these issues can be fixed!

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With lessons from me you'll learn:

• Ways to empower yourself with key concepts which create a great voice.

• How to identify weaknesses in your own voice and how to fix them.

• Exercises to rectify breathing problems and strengthen the muscles used when talking.

• How to deepen or heighten the tone of your voice.

• Routines to clearly vocalise all forty-four phonemes (sounds) of the English language such as 'st', 'th', etc...

Or, if you struggle with a particular vocal sound, mouth shape or just have an anxiety when talking, get in touch to discuss how I can help you become a better speaker.

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You'll also get a FREE textbook (written by me) with your first paid lesson, to help you speak how you've always wanted to :)

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One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and response guaranteed. Richard will plan your first lesson with care.

Experience

For over a decade Richard Di Britannia has worked as an audiobook narrator and voice actor for top global brands, institutions and organisations such as: Mercedes-Benz, Halifax Bank and the US Government along with having sold over 5000 audiobooks. All beginning when he was rendered completely mute for several months due to a micro-stroke at 19.

He has also offered bespoke coaching on vocal confidence, accent reduction and public speaking techniques to non-native speakers, private companies, business leaders and people like yourself who just need pointing in the right direction.

Finally, he's a best-selling, international author on the topic of improving enunciation, building vocal strength and verbal fluency with his work 'Speak and Be Heard: 101 Vocal Exercises for Voice Actors, Public Speakers and Professionals'.

In short - he teaches people how to speak with confidence :)

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £70/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £300
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £600

Details

Online tutoring:

- Lessons are taught via Skype or Google Meet. No screen sharing is required, but a webcam is advised to aid with enunciation exercises.

- I offer a free hour's tutoring for every five hours of lessons!


Availability:

- I am available from 10am to 7pm seven days a week (depending on voiceover recording schedules).


Travel fees:

- Included within two miles (not currently traveling due to lockdown).


Textbook Fees:

- Also included!


Cancellation fees:

- I fully understand if you have to cancel last minute, therefore there are no cancellation fees if you give me at least 24 hours notice! :)

- If you have to cancel on the same day, I respectfully ask you contribute a reasonable remuneration to cover my expenses in rescheduling.

Lessons offered by Richard
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Personal coaching
  • Personal development
  • Public Speaking
  • Elocution
Levels
  • All Levels

Richard's CV

British Voice Association - Contributing Author

Audiobook Creators Alliance - Consultant

8 reviews on Richard
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
A
Arran

Perfect! Richard is a very rare find! His teaching goes above and beyond any other voice coach. He is super friendly and I quickly realised that he has endless knowledge and experience in the world of professional voiceovers and vocal training techniques. His training is bespoke and tailored to your exact needs. Within a few hours, my voice was transformed and Richard has now given me the ability and confidence to read anything in a rich, buttery smooth voice. I would happily recommend him in a heartbeat to anyone looking to improve their voice.

7 recommendations

Phoebe

Richard is a fantastic voice coach and he has completely changed how I perceive my voice to be! The lessons were tailored specifically to my needs and Richard is very quick to reply to any worries/questions I might have on my voiceover journey. Cannot praise him enough!

Thania

I have had a free taster session with Richard. I found him approachable, genuine and extremely knowledgeable in his field. Richard was very generous with his time and keen to help as much as possible. He asked a few questions at the beginning in order to ascertain my level which meant we did not waste time on what I already knew. I was very impressed by his professional and transparent approach and will be contacting him again.

Thomas

Richard is a very technically aware and competent tutor. His teaching style is friendly and thorough, and he has helped me a lot on several voice acting auditions. The free book that came with the lessons was very useful as well.

I would heartily recommend Richard to anyone who was looking to develop their voice acting or public speaking.

Rob

As someone who generally struggles with absorbing new information and learning in general, Richard's enthusiasm and calm patience really helped me convince myself I could improve myself.

The additional reading material you get also really helped make sure everything learnt was solidified.

Great teacher, couldn't reccomend enough
Thanks.

Thomas

Richard is a very technically aware and competent tutor. His teaching style is friendly and thorough, and he has helped me a lot on several voice acting auditions. The free book that came with the lessons was very useful as well.

I would heartily recommend Richard to anyone who was looking to develop their voice acting or public speaking.

Susann

Richard's lessons are really fun and the book he wrote helps a lot. I've started getting compliments on my English accent and people in shops understand me better!

J

Hello;

Richard is super polite and reliable. I enjoy my lessons with him.
At my first lesson, he gave me a book wrote by himself to help me with my pronunciation and vocabulary. I highly recommend his book and lessons.
Regards J. Hastings

Interview with Richard

QUESTION 01 | 08
How long have you been interested in the field of voice over and how did you get started?
Richard — Over a decade ago I became completely mute for three months due to a small micro-stroke and acid reflux which damaged my vocal cords. After a few weeks, I started to forget the sound of my own voice, which was terrifying, especially as I had no recordings of it! At the time I also lived on a boat which meant I had to create my own vocal restoration routine. The fear of not being able to remember what I sounded like made me determined to work towards ensuring that one day, millions of people around the world would recognise my voice. This is slowly coming true – my voice is heard by a few hundred thousand people each day thanks to my audiobooks, voice acting and commercial narration!
QUESTION 02 | 08
What makes your lessons and method different?
Richard — I use my own, international best-selling textbook and I welcome my methods to be peer-reviewed and scientifically measured to show how they are beneficial. Several of the more ‘established’ methods practiced today have been either discredited or even found to be damaging to vocal strength building by medical journals – which is disappointing as they continue to be popular. I don’t believe in building vocal strength by having people do interpretive dance, ‘projecting the voice out of the palms’ or by practicing positive thinking. I believe speakers need to strengthen the muscles involved in producing speech, just like a runner would do to their lungs and legs before taking part in a marathon. My method involves more effort, but the results show.
QUESTION 03 | 08
Could you provide some instant top tips to improve your voice?
Richard — Staying well hydrated is crucial to lubricating the vocal cords with mucus and allowing them to function properly. Secondly, speaking with breath support from the diaphragm allows you to not only speak slower and clearer, but also increases the power and richness of your voice. Finally, learn to love your accent – society no longer demands people speak in RP.
QUESTION 04 | 08
How would you describe your method as a practitioner?
Richard — Past clients have said my lessons are fun but exhausting! A lot of my work involves identifying and rectifying years of learned bad habits, many of which stem from childhood. Sometimes the lessons involve pulling funny faces to identify exactly which muscles are weak, over emphasising the odd vowel or simply just improving breath support through physical breathing exercises. I’ve never had a client not burst into laughter at some point. I often transform students from having weak and croaky voices or reduced lung capacity to speakers able to power through entire sentences with a rich and warm tone. To them, it’s incredibly empowering as it brings about a change in both their self-confidence and career prospects.
QUESTION 05 | 08
With experience, are there things you have learned or unlearned about yourself or others?
Richard — Chasing perfection is admirable but ultimately unobtainable. Richard Burton was often acclaimed as the finest speaker of the English language to have ever lived. His mellifluous baritone pitch and near-perfect enunciation graced the ears of millions across the world. His vocal routine involved climbing mountains whilst reciting poem and verse to his mentor, who would slowly walk away from him whilst still demanding vocal clarity. Yet even Burton, a master among masters was known to fib his lines or trip over his tongue; you can hear this for yourself by listening to the narration outtakes of Jeff Wayne’s 'War of the Worlds' album. There are many speakers who are crippled by the worry of mispronouncing their words. Some hesitate to say anything and others even stutter in fear. If you hope to never mispronounce a word again then you will be disappointed, such is the fickle nature of the detachment between the voice and the brain.
QUESTION 06 | 08
Do you have a role model, a person who really inspired you?
Richard — There are an innumerable number of voices I’ve admired. Sir David Attenborough, Martin Luther King Jr., Sir Winston Churchill, Joanna Lumley, Orson Wells, Richard Burton, Dame Judi Dench and many more are just a handful – and importantly none of them spoke perfectly. To me it was the clarity, passion and articulation of their thoughts which carried the gravitas of their performances which captured the hearts and minds of their audiences. We easily forget faces, but we seldom forget a distinctive voice and no great speech has ever involved PowerPoint!
QUESTION 07 | 08
How do you personally practice; what methods work for you?
Richard — Given that some weeks I can be recording upwards of 100,000 words for an audiobook and also offering lessons where I need to over-emphasise pronunciation, I have what many would consider to be a phenomenally strenuous daily workout plan that I’ve built up over the last ten years. If I were to give it to a student, they’d be hoarse within the hour! Each morning I start off with some low humming, diaphragmatic and embouchure training, my own trademarked exercises and then launch into reading aloud for at least three hours a day. I love voice acting and can’t see myself doing anything else!
QUESTION 08 | 08
Tell us about a memorable lesson:
Richard — Probably the most memorable lesson was an email from a client who said she’d purchased my book for her daughter who had developed selective mutism and chose not to speak to anyone after to a traumatic experience. After reading the book, she taught herself how to whistle and uses that as a way of communicating. That message alone made the entire four years of publishing worth it.

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